Tuesday, August 31, 2010

An 'R' Anyone?


The lovely editors at the Mills & Boon Medical line sent me my rejection this evening. It was nice that it wasn’t a form letter and I was even sane enough to absorb some of their wisdom during the first read through (usually I just get the "NO!").

The problem: the conflict didn’t revolve around the medical aspect enough (that’ll teach me for boundary pushing). It always seems to come back to conflict for me. I honestly can’t decide if all that I’m reading on the topic is making the situation better or worse. I’m leaning toward the latter...

I don’t believe I’ll be entering New Voices. I just don’t think I’m up to the calibre they’re look for yet and I like to think I’m sparing some poor soul from trudging through another entry in the first round, and possibly some embarrassment on my own behalf.

I’ll still be here cheering the rest of you on though and reading madly (...while researching conflict).



Rachael Johns said...

Oh Lacey - commiserations on the R! no matter the format they are always HORRID and I find they usually knock confidence a lot more than we actually think at first. I'm still suffering HUGE self-doubt after my last one.
But please don't write off New Voices. If you've got a chap...you've got nothing to lose!

Angie Peters said...

Oh, Lacey, *hugs* on the 'R'. Though it's good news that it's not just a form letter. So it gives you some direction in terms of what you need to work on, which is great :)

Conflict is a difficult beast to tame - don't be too hard on yourself. We all struggle with it.
I wouldn't let the 'R' dissuade you from entering the NV comp - you might get some more feedback which is gold in terms of learning. If it's any consolation, I'm entering and I don't think I'm up to the calibre yet either. But I've never gotten my writing 'out there' for some feedback before. It's about time I do. But, having just discovered that the comp is open to aspiring authors targetting all lines (even the ones in the US), I think my chances are slim to none (sigh).

Chin up and keep on writing (after drowning your sorrows in some wine and chocolate, of course)!

Sally Clements said...

Hugs on the R, Lacey. But don't give up on New Voices yet, the medical line is a completely different one, and you might have success or kick yourself for not entering! I'd be happy to crit your first chapter before you submit if you change your mind.

Romy said...

Hugs on the R, Lacey. As you say, at least it wasn't a dreaded form R. Onwards and upwards!

joanne pibworth said...

R's officially suck Lacey, there's no two ways about it.
BUT - and you know this already - it was an R with feedback, and that counts for something.
Do you have a CP? I've found that fresh eyes are invaluable before pressing send.
And as for New Voices... give yourself a couple days to let that revolting old R work it's way through, and then think about writing something new and gorgeous for the comp.
No one is more excited than you about this whole competition Lacey - your blog is the 1st stop for all the new voices gossip and a countdown for gawds sake! It would really be a shame if you weren't involved.
And embarrassment? PAH. Forget about it. I'm sure everyone who's thinking of entering is feeling some of that fear too, but we're all in the same boat together - to grow as writers, and work towards our dream of publication.
Sending you a huge box of cyber chocs to sweeten that R - in a heart shaped box, naturally - what else for an aspiring romance writer? lol!
Back on the horse girl, get straight back on the horse.


Caroline said...

Awwww super hugs from me Lacey. "R" suck don't they? Why not enter the New Voices? You just never know. I'm entering my historical - when I've got it up to speed that is. So come on in and join us! I'll vote for you - Caroline xx

Lorraine said...

Aww, Lacey I'm really sorry this story didn't quite hit the mark but it doesn't mean the next one won't...
And I'm dying to read something of yours - I just know your voice is going to be fab when I get to hear it :-)

Anonymous said...

Oh Lacey, bummer, so sorry to hear that. Hugs and a big box of cyber choccies.

Conflict can be fixed, the main thing is they liked your voice, the Lacey-ness of it!

Aideen said...

Hugs on the R Lacey. They're never easy but getting them means that you're at least subbing and that's more than a lot of people who talk about writing a romance do.

Conflict? Don't talk to me, it gets me every time. And personally, I do think that reading too much on it can make matters worse. Still, it's hard to ignore the written advice when so many wonderful authors share it with us.

The competition is going to be very interesting, very fun too. Still haven't decided if I'll enter or not but either way, I'll be hanging around cheering people on. Something to look forward to.

Jackie Ashenden said...

Lacey, big hugs on your R. I know they hurt (don't I know it). The feedback is gold though. And I think you have to ask yourself - can you see yourself writing 40 Medicals for the next 20 years? Which is why I was tempted but didn't go for the fast-track. I'm not interested in writing Medicals and I don't know that much about medicine anyway. But don't let that stop you from doing the NV comp. That's for ALL the lines. And it's only one chapter - you don't even have to have a synopsis. What have you got to lose? Think about it. ;-)

Suzanne Jones said...

Hugs, Lacey - but it's very good that you got a personalised letter. Editors are busy people - they wouldn't have bothered giving you feedback if they didn't like your writing.


Elissa Graham said...

Oh Lacey, don't let a rejection for one ms stop you from entering NV. It could be the very thing that you need. I know you must be feeling awful but throw yourself a pity party today and then tomorrow get back up into that writing saddle and give it all you got. From what I understand entries receive lots of feedback from readers so instead of just getting feedback from one (or if you're lucky two) editors, you get it from lots of passionate, enthusiastic, supportive readers. I seriously doubt anyone is going to be nasty so I wouldn't worry about that. And as far as embarrassment goes: BELIEVE IN YOURSELF. You're a good writer. How do I know this when I haven't read any of your work? People who get Rs with feedback must be doing something right, right? Plus all the ladies at Sassy Sisters believe in you and in my books, their word is gospel. Don't let one hiccup on your road to published authordom stop you. Please, please, please enter.

Joanne Coles said...

Oh Lacey I'm so sorry you got an R, but you did get feedback and that's fab! Hopefully when you re-read the letter you'll pick out positives to use in your next sub.

Lots of hugs, chocolate and wine (and yes, you're allowed the real stuff not that rubbish cyber stuff!).

Lacey Devlin said...

Thanks guys! You're all angels. What would I do without you? I'm still teetering on the fence about the NV comp but I promise to give it more thought :-). Must go get a new box of chocolates, this one's almost empty...

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